Tucson Artist Facilitates Healing Through Art

This article was originally published by the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix. Artist Beth Surdut is a wildlife illustrator, environmental educator, stained glass designer and writer. She began painting on silk in the 1980s, starting with scarves, which have been on display in the Smithsonian, in Washington, D.C., and… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Phyllis Seltzer

Our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Phyllis Joan Seltzer passed away peacefully on March 25, 2023 at the age of 85 years old. The world will be less colorful and bright without her big beautiful presence, smile, and energy. She has left an indelible mark on the lives… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Irene Steindler

Irene Steindler, 98, of Highland Park, Illinois, died at home on Tuesday, March 14 after a long and beautiful life. Her daughter, Carol Miller, was by her side as she took her last breath. Irene was born on December 3, 1924 in Dieburg, Germany to Louis and Elsa (Loeb)… Read more »

THA Students Win Four Awards at Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to the THA students who brought home awards at SARSEF last weekend! SARSEF is the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Fair. Sixth graders in Mrs. Lehrfeld’s class worked tirelessly throughout the third quarter to identify personal interests and research topics, ultimately coming up with a testable scientific… Read more »

Shalom Baby! JPSA Welcomes Newest Members of Our Community

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) and other partner organizations warmly welcome the newest little members of our community with a wonderful box full of baby items and resources about the Tucson Jewish community.   JPSA Interim CEO Emily Richman explains, “JPSA is involved in every stage of Jewish… Read more »

New Community Engagement Director Joins the J with Support from JPSA

As a result of recent community work around the Jewish Community Ecosystem of Southern Arizona, the Tucson J has is pleased to announce the hiring of a Director of Community Engagement. Naomi Sandweiss has accepted and after working remotely, recently begun her position at the Tucson J. The position… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Mel Zuckerman

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mel Zuckerman z’l, pillar of our Tucson Jewish community and visionary philanthropist. Mel passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 18 at age 94 surrounded by his loving family. As dedicated leaders in our Jewish community, Mel Zuckerman and his devoted… Read more »

From Purim to Passover at Handmaker

Handmaker residents and staff enjoyed eating many hamantaschen during Purim this year! Staff were greeted at the main entrance to Handmaker with a basket full of hamantaschen on Purim, alongside a sign with information about the holiday. These delicious cookies were made by Executive Chef Claire and Pastry Chef… Read more »

Kol Ami Synagogue Welcomes New Rabbi to Tucson

Kol Ami Synagogue is overjoyed to welcome Rabbi Malcolm Cohen to our clergy team. He was installed on Friday, March 10, 2023, with over 250 congregants and guests in attendance. We welcome everyone to come visit and meet Rabbi Cohen at Kol Ami, where our mission is to enliven… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Helen Lederman Cole

Helen Beverly Lederman Cole, beloved Granny and GiGi, passed February 26, 2023. Born in Chicago March 15, 1939, Mrs. Cole taught kindergarten and was a graduate of Roosevelt University where she met her husband Alan (z”l). Together they opened Cole’s Baby News, a children’s department store franchise in Goleta,… Read more »

THA Unveils Renovated Sebold Library

After several months of work from a dedicated team of parent volunteers, Tucson Hebrew Academy’s (THA’s) newly renovated Sebold Library was unveiled during Love of Reading week. The ceremony involved a visit from the Library Fairies, who taught the students about properly caring for books before bestowing upon them… Read more »

Orchestrating Change: JFCS Hosts a Film Screening to Fight the Stigma of Mental Health Disorders

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) is hosting a unique film screening and panel discussion at The Loft Cinema on March 5, 2023, at 2pm. The film, Orchestrating Change, tells the inspiring story of Me2/ Orchestra. The conductor of the orchestra, Ronald Braunstein, was on the… Read more »

Tucson Portrait Story Art(ish) LIVE Festival, an Immersive Art Experience, is Coming to the Jewish Community Center

The Tucson J invites the entire community to campus Sunday, March 12 from 1-4pm for “Tucson Portrait Story Art(ish) LIVE Festival,” an immersive art experience in partnership with local artist and long-time community member, Lauri Kaye of Create for the People Ventures, and Southern Arizona Arts + Culture Alliance.… Read more »

Gratitude at Handmaker for the Community’s Chesed

Handmaker residents are grateful for the chesed (loving kindness) that they receive from the Tucson community. And lately, they have received a lot! For the last year, the Congregation Bet Shalom Chesed Group of volunteers, led by David Wien, have been joining Handmaker residents monthly for a “virtual tea… Read more »

Of Blessed Memory: Irwin “Ace” Rosman

Ace and Charlene Rosman

Irwin “Ace” Rosman died on February 6, 2023, at age 91. He will be mourned by his family and friends, including sons Richard Rosman and his wife Johanna Rosman of New York, and Brian Rosman and his wife Rabbi Barbara Penzner of Boston; and his four grandchildren, Aviva Rosman… Read more »

JPSA Introduces VP of Marketing and Communications

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) welcome Jennifer Lightman this week as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Jenny and her husband Brett recently moved from Philadelphia where she served as the Director of Communications and Special Projects for Perelman Jewish Day School. “We are incredibly excited to have… Read more »